Acorn Regulatory took part in the first British Irish Chamber Trade Mission ‘Celtic Connection’ to Wales event on June 20th. The event was jointly hosted by the South Wales Chamber of Commerce and the British Irish Chamber of Commerce. The event saw approximately seventy Irish and Welsh companies come together for a one day conference and networking event. Speaking after the event Acorn Regulatory‘s Chief Marketing Officer Brian Cleary highlighted the commonalities between the life science sectors in both countries. “While many of us are aware of the close bonds that our two countries have enjoyed for many years, what was very evident from the event was that there are many similarities between our life science sectors. I was particularly struck by the work that the CALIN network is carrying out to bring together academic institutes in Ireland and Wales. Wales has a thriving medical devices sector and companies such as Ambionics and Sharp Clinical are brilliant examples of the developments in the Wales’s meditech sector”. There were a number of speakers at the British Irish Chamber Trade Mission event on the day including Sheila O’Loughlin from Enterprise Ireland, Shareen Doak from the CALIN network and Yvette Cleland from international staffing firm Clinical Professionals. One of the issues highlighted by a number of speakers on the day was the difficulty in recruiting candidates into the life science sector in both Ireland and Wales. The British Irish Chamber Trade Mission was hosted by Life Science Hub Wales which is government funded organisation based at Assembly Square in Cardiff Bay.